Crowborough Common The Official Site
The High Weald Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty (ANOB) Management Plan identifies that one of the top five issues facing the small areas of remaining heathland (1.3% ANOB) is ‘Environmental Degradation’ which occurs through neglected fields and heaths, the subsequent grubbing out affecting the water run off which together with increased agrochemical inputs leads to loss of key habitats. The ANOB objective is to enhance the ecological functions of field and heath as part of the complex mosaic of High Weald habitats. It seeks to improve the condition of such habitats by giving attention to hedges, woodlands, ditches, ponds and thus wildlife.
The 222 acres owned and maintained by CBGC embraces all these aspects and it is fair to say that over the years much of the major care of the acreage has been directed to the maintenance of the golf course which of course gives the Club its main income. Since its inception in 1895 there have been changes to the layout of the course and the terrain as shown in the Club’s Centenary Book, and these changes have brought about an opening up of fairways to improve speed of play, some will say it has made the course easier! Climate change has certainly made its mark with a noticeable loss of Heather.
With these thoughts in mind the Club since the Millennium has sought to give much more attention to the overall aspect of its Estate and with the help of Natural England and the Ashdown Rangers, has begun an ongoing restoration plan including the heathland, the heather and particularly the Animal and Bird life.
Below you will find links to the various facets of the restoration programme.